The Country Market by Pilger Nebraska

My sister in law, along with her husband and two boys, host a big event up by Pilger Nebraska called The Country Market.  I think this may be their 5th year of running this event and I've not been able to attend it until this month! They really have a good thing going here!  The Country Market runs the first Saturday of the month from July to October.

The Market is held on the grounds of what once was a Highway rest area maintained by the state of Nebraska.  Now it is private property, but it's beautifully maintained and has lots of space for vendors and parking!

Here's the welcome booth manned by my sister in law's mother.  This is a family affair!

I know you'll think this is great too...lampshades hanging to alert people to the guest book. Is your mind spinning with how you could use this idea?

I thought you may enjoy seeing a bit of the market.  Since I'm attracted to the old...that's what I took pictures of, but there are also lots of food vendors, crafts, and some home business booths also.  Pretty much a bit of everything.


I have two chicken feeders ready for me to fill them with fall decor...waiting in my laundry room.

This was new to me: using washboards as cupboard doors.

I will always stop at zinc lids and rusty enameled pails.  Then remember that I have enough of them. (Can you have enough of them?)

A wainscoating cupboard...this could fit in so many places...

Sweet chair ready for your home!

Always...must peruse the vintage jewelry....


I didn't have the time to stop and ask what kind of tree these branches came from or the price, but I thought they were really neat.

Great desk chairs.

This is a great use of a broken chair...turned into a shelf and place for hooks.

There was  nice breeze and people were mulling everywhere enjoying themselves!

I liked these a lot!

I usually see the flowers made out of mismatched glass pieces but these metal tray flowers were neat!

Concrete stepping stones or bird baths.  These were really nice.

A little of "this and that" on a great white table.

I wish I had a place for that embroidered bird picture.

This vendor had purchased  a lot of these aluminum signs that had been stored in an old barn.  They were advertising pieces that had been used in a newspaper in Wayne, Nebraska.  They were unique!

Nice patina on this cupboard door.


Plenty of crates and boxes to choose from.

We ran into my mother-in-law and other sister-in-laws up there.  They enjoyed some fresh squeezed lemonade. :)

Another gourd vendor...I loved this antler turned handle on this gourd.

Lots of spoon rings!

Spoon bowl bracelets.

This is a shot inside the trailer of the makers who brought the spoon jewelry.  They had their equipment right on site to resize and work while there.

This is another shot inside the trailer of the jewelry makers.  I didn't have the time to get names and information on the vendors.

I always think Kitchen-Klatter and Workbasket magazines are fun to look through.

♫ There was music...which was sooooo neat for the atmosphere. ♫

Places to enjoy your lunch while listening to the music.

 The windmill hammers down the rural atmosphere for a Country Market!

 These were the goods I took home: a wonderful homey embroidered picture of a cottage and two metal screen covers that I believe were used to cover cream cans.  I plan to use them as towel holders or to hang vintage fabric from for display.

 They have a couple of photo booths set up for fun pictures. (My 10 year old is there also on the right side.) You can take your own or there is someone there to take them for you and then they upload them to the Country Market  Facebook page.  All is free of course!  (I did my own photo editing.)

These two will always dress up when given the chance. :)

If you are local, check out the The Country Market facebook page and be sure to mark your calendars for the first Saturdays of July, August, September, and October!  You can still make it to the October event this year!


  1. So neat! I didn't know this was going on up there! I plan on taking the kids this weekend!

  2. Oh my goodness, Jill! How I'd love to have been there with you!!! I'm sure those are curly willow branches - there's one beside our driveway. I love what you chose to bring home, along with those sweet little beauties of yours!! Your pictures are wonderful as always!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxox

  3. Looks like a heck of a lot of fun!!!

  4. You did a great job capturing the vibe of this market. I would love to wander there.


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